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November 20, 2017 at 11:08 PM EST


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run date
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood
The CW
Current Status
In Season
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
We gave it an A-

Now the DEO sick bay has a new inhabitant, but all Mon-El will say is that her name’s Imra, she’s from Titan, and he’s worried she’s been without life support for too long.

After he leaves, Kara glumly says to Alex, “He’s from the future.”

“Yeah, I can safely say I was not expecting that,” Alex replies.

Kara joins Mon-El on the balcony. He apologizes again, but says he never thought he’d see her again and had to keep on living. He still has her necklace as a reminder of everything she taught him, but no matter what century, universe, or world he’s living in, he’d never forget her. Then they have a cute spat about going out for all-you-can-eat, limited-time-offer ribs, and Kara remarks that it’s the first time he’s smiled since he’s been back.

Then, finally, he tells her it’s good to see her, and naturally, that’s when Imra interrupts. Mon-El races over to kiss her and introduces Kara to his wife. THAT IS NOT HOW YOU BREAK THIS NEWS, MON-EL. Also, welcome to the show, Amy Jackson, and, uh, good luck being the third point in this particular love triangle.

Hookay, final plot of the night: Samantha conducts one more test of her invincibility by sticking her hand into a pot of boiling water, which seems like a risky little game. When nothing happens, she sends Ruby to a friend’s and heads to a house in the country.

She greets the woman at the door as Patricia, and we quickly learn that this was her adoptive mother who kicked her out of the house for getting pregnant as a teenager. There’s clearly heaps of unresolved issues here, and rather than travel the same frustrating ground, Sam states the real reason for her visit: Was she an unusual child? Hard to injure? Capable of lifting heavy things? Patricia says no until Sam explains her newly discovered invulnerability to bullets.

Patricia then leads her to the barn, where she’s stashed an alien pod covered in a tarp. I swear, the No. 1 purpose of barns in the DC universe is for storing alien spacecraft.

“I lied. I didn’t adopt you. I found you, in this,” Patricia says. She meant to tell Sam about it when she turned 18, but by then, Sam and Ruby were gone, and Patricia convinced herself it would let Sam live a normal life.

When Sam approaches the pod, her touch activates it, and it ejects what looks like one of the obelisks from The Faithful. So once more, Sam leaves Ruby in the care of a babysitter, telling her she’s taking a trip to get some answers, describing it as “a really good thing.” She promises that Ruby is her heart, and she’ll tell her everything when she returns.

So Sam follows the obelisk into the scrubby dessert, and when her car overheats, she sets out on foot until finally, the ground beneath her rumbles and brown pillars erupt from the Earth. Cool, a Fortress of Sand-itude!

She enters the cavern, inserts the obelisk, and the woman from her visions appears. She introduces herself as science, magic, information, and Sam’s friend, and she welcomes Sam to the Fortress of Sanctuary, a piece of Sam’s home world, Krypton.

Sam’s thrilled to hear that she’s like Supergirl, but the woman corrects her: Sam is so much more than that. She’s the culmination of centuries of work, a being designed to execute justice. So that makes Sam a hero, right? Not quite. “They will call you Worldkiller,” the woman says. “Your justice will burn the world of man.”

Sam’s horrified, and the woman doesn’t help when she explains that Ruby was an unfortunate error that delayed the realization of Sam’s powers. No matter, though; Sam will forget all about Ruby when she emerges as Reign.

Then Sam starts to scream and falls to her knees in agony. It passes quickly, and she rises with glowing red eyes, a Worldkiller newly born.

Snaps of the cape:

  • Yes! Sam finally discovered her true nature, and I can’t wait to see how the fantastic Odette Annable handles full-on villainy. Poor, poor Ruby, though.
  • Speaking of amazing performances, Melissa Benoist basically played every emotion at Mon-El’s return: elation, confusion, fury, heartbreak, each one more beautifully done than the last.
  • So let’s talk about Mon-El. To say he was divisive last season is an understatement, but I’m looking forward to learning what kind of man he’s become after seven years. That he married another woman is heartbreaking for Kara, and honestly, when her heart breaks, mine does, too. But at the same time, he’s not really the bad guy in this situation; he was trapped hundreds of centuries away from Kara and made the decision not to let his life ossify. Of course, my feelings about this could change when we learn more about his situation in future episodes. (And wow, do I hope he has a good reason for being so secretive about every single thing this week.)
  • That being said, he’s still wearing Kara’s necklace, which can’t mean good things for his marriage, right?
  • What about you, Super-friends? Are you pleased at Mon-El’s return? Interested in his character development? Furious that he dared seek the touch of another? Let me know in the comments!
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